Resource Fiber Team

David M. Knight, CBI
Co-Founder, President/CEO

David is a Certified Business Intermediary known for the development of new business segments with an emphasis on sustainability and delivering strong bottom line results. 

He is a strategic visionary with a track record of innovative problem-solving in high growth and challenging environments. As President/CEO of Resource Fiber, David sets the company’s strategic vision and development strategies, establishing values and building company culture, raising and allocating capital, and business development.

David also co-founded Teragren Fine Bamboo Flooring, Panels & Worktops in 1998 with his wife and business partner, Ann Knight.  Together, the Knights pioneered and developed the bamboo flooring industry in the U.S. to create a complementary raw material to wood and an alternative to petroleum-based products.  David managed growth capital raises through equity and debt, maintained a twelve-year relationship with one factory group in China, and grew revenue at a rate of 20% to 40% annually through 2008 achieving $21MM in annual revenue. Teragren is now the nation’s industry leader and consumer brand, setting the U.S. standard for quality bamboo building products through stringent manufacturing specifications and continuous product innovation.

During David’s tenure at the company, he was a finalist for the prestigious Ernst & Young Pacific Northwest Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 2008 and 2009.  Between July 2011 and July 2013, David operated in a retained consulting role only and as a member of the Board.  He was re-elected to the Board in 2013 for another two year term which ended January 2015, and is a major shareholder.

Prior to Teragren, the Knights founded Medical Dental Development Services (MDDS) which specialized in medical practice valuations, sales, mergers and consolidations completing transactions valued in excess of $75MM.

Several speaking engagements include:

Driving Change:  Building a Sustainable Business from Scratch at Credit Suisse’s Young Investors Organization Conference 2014

The Big Raise (Exploring Raises from $20M to $50M+ at the Sustainatopia Impact Conference 2014

Member:  M&A Source, International Business Brokers Association (IBBA)

 

Ann J. Knight
Co-Founder, Chief Communications Officer/Executive Vice President

Ann articulates and manages the Resource Fiber message and value proposition to the market and other constituents. In this role, she sets the public relations and communications strategy. As a member of the executive team, Ann is a key contributor to the development of strategic direction for the company.

Ann also co-founded Teragren Fine Bamboo Flooring, Panels & Worktops in 1998 with her husband and business partner, David Knight.  As the company’s Global Brand Director, Ann built a leading consumer brand, rated #1 in the hardwood flooring category by Consumer Reports.  In addition, she delivered strategic, high-impact, and sustainable solutions for the company’s collateral.

Prior to Teragren, the Knights founded Medical Dental Development Services (MDDS) which specialized in medical practice valuations, sales, mergers and consolidations completing transactions valued in excess of $75MM.

 

Marsha G. Folsom
Co-Founder, Chief Development Officer, Governmental Affairs/Economic Development

Marsha is a life-long resident and a former First Lady of Alabama.  She has been recognized in Alabama for her advocacy in support of improving the lives of Alabama’s children through better services and improved educational opportunities. As Alabama’s First Lady, she convened the state’s first Summit for Children which was dedicated to finding ways to improve the future for Alabama’s children.

At Resource Fiber, Marsha works closely with Alabama municipalities, economic development authorities, State of Alabama departments and U.S. federal agencies to promote the benefits of commercial scale bamboo farming and product manufacturing to reinvigorate the economy of under-served areas of Alabama.  Working in conjunction with David Knight, President/CEO, she is also creating key relationships with strategic contacts, landowners and investors.

In 2006, Marsha founded Marsha Folsom, INC., a business development consulting firm. Her consulting clients included international companies based in India seeking business in the US, a national governmental affairs firm based in Washington, D.C., and a law firm in Birmingham, Alabama.

In addition, Marsha is a co-founder of Alabamboo Partners LLC, which was established to promote the growing and manufacturing of bamboo in Alabama.

In 2000, Marsha was the Democratic Nominee for Congress from Alabama’s Fourth Congressional District. She was the first woman candidate in her state to raise over a million dollars for a political campaign. In 2002, she was chosen to lead the Alabama Democratic Party as its Executive Director. In addition, Marsha has been elected to represent the state of Alabama at three Democratic National Conventions.

Marsha’s private sector experience includes banking, insurance, real estate and business development. While working in the public sector, she has focused on economic development, education, and community development.  She has experience in the education sectors of K-12 and post-secondary as well as working with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in forming a multi-state education consortium while representing the Tennessee River Valley Association, a multi-state economic development group.

Currently, Marsha serves on the Board of Directors of the Birmingham Pledge Foundation, the Executive Board of the Alabama Archives and History Foundation as well as the Board of Directors of the David Mathews Center for Civic Life housed at the American Village in Montevallo, Alabama.  She has also been inducted into the Women of the Capstone Society at The University of Alabama. 

Marsha holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Alabama School of Human Environmental Sciences, from which she received the Agnes Ellen Harris Distinguished Alumnae Award.

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Member:  Leadership Alabama

 

Leland “Lee” Slaven
Chief Operating Officer, Manufacturing + Innovation Center

A Tool & Die Maker, Lee brings manufacturing, production and processing expertise to the company coupled with skills necessary to develop patented technology.

He has vast experience within the manufacturing industry from tool-making to 20 years developing and building special machinery, dies, plastic injection molds and molding.  In addition, Lee brings mechanical knowledge of machines and tools, including their design, uses, repair and maintenance.  He has knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.

Prior to 2010, Lee was the Director of Research & Development at Teragren Bamboo for several years.  In this capacity, he worked closely with Teragren’s manufacturing partner in China and with the design and engineering teams developing new products including bamboo industrial products.

Lee is an inventor of manufacturing processes for engineered bamboo products that have issued U.S. patents and of other bamboo products that have U.S. patents pending – all currently either owned or licensed by Resource Fiber.

As founder of Bamboo Structural Products LLC (BSP), Lee designed and developed bamboo railroad ties.  He directed the development of bamboo railroad ties through his tenure at BSP and Teragren and is continuing to refine the design at Resource Fiber.

Prior to BSP, Lee founded GutterArt LLC after his invention of an embossed standard rain gutter, fascia and crown molding for the building industry worldwide. 

 

Roger Lewis  Roger Lewis
  Chief Operating Officer, Agriculture
  Member, Board of Directors

Roger developed and currently manages the company’s nursery program as COO, Agriculture.  He provides     management and financial expertise with regards to all aspects of growing and harvesting bamboo.  With over 20 years of growing bamboo for retail markets, Roger brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the company. He is a second generation bamboo nurseryman and owner of Lewis Bamboo located in Oakman, Alabama. Lewis Bamboo is recognized as one of the top producers of bamboo in North America due to its proprietary propagating and growing techniques. How Bamboo Grows courtesy of Lewis Bamboo.

In addition, Roger is a Board member of Black Belt Bamboost (BBB), a community-based project designed to raise awareness about bamboo in Alabama and showcase the diversity of this plant, and its associated applications. Through this initiative, he and BBB have developed a public park to showcase bamboo. In addition, Roger has worked extensively with various universities and researchers to explore bamboo as an alternative resource. From nanowhiskers to bamboo emission filters for vehicles, he has contributed to many research endeavors.

Roger received a B.S. in business management from the University of Alabama where he graduated with honors. 

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